The film The Pajama Game, based on the 1954 Broadway musical, opened in theaters in 1957, and its soundtrack album on Columbia Records was in record stores at the same time. That means that, with the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe, the album entered the public domain as of the start of 2008, enabling any European record label to issue its own unlicensed version (mastered from an old LP) without obtaining permission or paying anything. The British ASWAS label, an imprint of Delta Leisure Group, specializes in such soundtrack reissues, and its The Pajama Game CD is a typical budget album. The 12 tracks that were on the original LP, featuring carried-over Broadway cast members like John Raitt, Carol Haney, and Eddie Foy, Jr., joined by Hollywood star Doris Day, are augmented with an additional nine Day solo recordings (also out of copyright in Europe, of course), to bring the disc up to more than 64 minutes in length. In whatever form, the soundtrack version of The Pajama Game is not as good as the original Broadway cast album (also available in several unlicensed European versions), but Day's performance is typically competent and the added material makes this more of a miscellany of her music.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann